F1 faces legal challenge over Bahrain contract and sportswashing

The complaint, made through the British government’s UK National Contact Point (NCP), which addresses issues of responsible business conduct, has been served by the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (Bird) and two alleged torture survivors from Bahrain, Najah Yusuf and Hajer Mansoor. Bird has been campaigning to ensure F1 sticks to its commitment to respect human rights issues where it goes racing. The pressure group says it has received no satisfactory response to its calls for F1 to investigate human rights issues in Bahrain and believes repression around the race has steadily become worse. The Human Rights Watch group is to publish a report next week entitled: You Can’t Call Bahrain a Democracy: Bahrain’s Political Isolation Laws. “We have always been clear with all race promoters and governments with which we deal worldwide that we take violence, abuse of human rights and repression very seriously.”.

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